Just re-read what you wrote, and I noticed that you did say that you used the lineart tool. So, I had to re-think my answer. Line art will always look pixelled when you zoom in. I think you might be worrying a little too much about it.
Have you tried using the vector drawing tool in Sai yet? It really helps to clean up the line art. Yes, it means going over your lines again after you drew them, but it also means that you get a chance to improve your hand-eye coordination.
My best advice for lineart is to try different tools until you find one that suits you. As for me, I realized that when I used brown instead of black when doing my lineart, it went much better. It sounds strange, but I guess that everyone finds their tricks with time.
However, if you have Skype, I could sit down with you and chat for a while - Showing some things that I have learned. Maybe you will find something useful. Please just send me a note if you are interested.
Good luck anyway! Best way of improving is practicing!
Are you using photoshop? SAI is better for lineart, and also i would recomment drawing by hand, as it's usually smoother and looks more natural and nicer (at least in my opinion)
Theres a .7px brush on sai, and i can get thin and super small details in with a canvas half your size, so if you're not usuing already, i really recommend it.
Also, just something i realize (or maybe its a result from my paranoia) on photoshop (more often than sai), if you save, close and open it a lot, random 'dirt' pixels will show up (well it usually is just one random pixel that floats in random space, but it bothers me), so either keeping it open, or drawing lineart all in one go is probably better if you want REALLY clean lineart.
but i do have more to add anyways. You can always colour in you lineart (i'm not sure how to do it on sai, but there might be some tutorials on here), if you do, it'll make the lineart less visible (or even appear to have no distinctive lines) if you colour it the same as the colour you filled in with.
Also, if you're using the vector tool for lineart, i think you can change the linewidth just by clicking the 'weight' button.
MirrorKeyFeatured By OwnerJul 21, 2013Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the great advice! If I were to hand draw something and color it digitally, how would I keep the colors looking natural? I guess what I'm asking is how can I seperate the lineart from the paper?
An easier way would be put you lineart layer at the top and set it to multiply, add colour underneath the lineart layer.
I'm not sure you can separate lineart from the paper on SAI.. or at least i don't know how.
but If you know how to use the wand/select tool, you'd need to select the lineart (or select the nonlineart and inverse the selection might be easier) then copy + paste it to another layer. Then you add a layer below that layer, delete the original layer.
it might be too light/messy, so you might need to duplicate the lineart several times (change layer settings to multiply), erase/add things where the selection tool couldn't get.
But the photoshop way of separating lineart is much easier, so if you have it it'd be easier to use that for this.
Keep what colours looking natural? the actual colours, or if you colour the lineart?
Definitely try working at a higher dpi/ppi. You're working at a really low resolution that is good for viewing on the internet but impossible to print well. Linework also needs much higher dpi/ppi to make it look smooth, whether it's digital or you're scanning in traditional inks. Try working at 300 or 600 dpi.
If you want to post your artwork on the internet afterwards, save a copy of the finished image by going through Save For Web. Save For Web will give you options on whether to save it as a jpg, gif, or png, AND instantly resize resolution for 72 dpi.
MirrorKeyFeatured By OwnerJul 19, 2013Hobbyist Digital Artist
See, my problem is that I have to have at least a 50% min size, because my pressure change so drastically every time I adjust my hand If you look at you can see I have a pretty thick lineart, compared to and people like that
ok! be super careful when u evaluate urself like that! it can be totally damaging! just practice and work really hard and ur brain will do the rest. seriously, that's how it works. u just have to make sure u do the work! so don't beat urself up too hard, over something that u definitely have the ability to change ^^ *pats back*
gloopdeerFeatured By OwnerJul 19, 2013Student General Artist
Shoosh your art is good UvU
I think your coloring and shading and stuff is all good, I just think that it's how you do your lines combined with the tablet you're using, and the settings in general. I just try to draw thin lines, and erase extra parts and re-do everything like 5 times